Let It Snow...
Having experienced a freakishly mild October, followed by a chilly November – it’s fingers crossed from now on for a white Christmas...
But how much of an expert are you when it comes to driving in snow and ice? Research shows that’s it’s those who are slow and steady that win the race. Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving in treacherous conditions as stopping distances are 10 times greater in ice and snow.
Here are some helpful tips from the team at HiQ Easy Tyre & Autocentres...
· When venturing out in potentially difficult conditions, remember to wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving. Snow-covered boots will slip on the pedals and could put you in even more of a sticky situation.
· You might find it easier to pull off in second gear when parked up in the snow. If you ease your foot off the clutch gently you’ll avoid wheel spin and gain enough traction to pull off without slipping.
· Avoid having to stop part way up a hill. Controlling a heavy car on a slippery bank is a nightmare for even the most experienced of cold weather drivers. Wait until hills and banks are clear of other vehicles or by leaving plenty of room between you and the car in front. A constant speed will help control your car.
· When it comes to travelling downhill, use a low gear and try to avoid using your brakes. Leave as much room as possible between you and the car in front. And just remember if you slide, steer into the direction your car is moving.
If you find yourself stuck in snow or ice, remember to straighten the steering wheel and try to clear the snow from the wheels. This is why it’s so important to carry a shovel or spade in the boot during those winter months!
Try putting a sack or old rug in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some grip. Once you are moving, try not to stop until you reach firmer ground.
Winter tyres may seem like an extra and perhaps unnecessary expense to UK residents as we do not usually suffer the extreme temperatures and weather conditions as other countries, such as Germany, where it is a legal requirement to switch to winter tyres when seasons change.
Did you know battery faults are a common cause of breakdown? Furthermore, when cold weather hits, your battery is more likely to fail. HiQ Easy Tyre & Autocentres have put together some helpful advice for looking after your battery this winter and decrease your chance of having a car related breakdown or problem.